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Money saving tips for your Nebraska road trip

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Money saving tips for your Nebraska road trip

It seems as though no matter the time of the year that the price of fuel at the gas pump keeps going up. In 2013 the price of gasoline was over $4.00 per gallon in some areas. Going on a Nebraska road trip does not have to break the bank at the pump. By following a few gas saving tips at home and on the road, you will have enough funds left to enjoy on your Nebraska vacation at the Sandhills Motel.

Get a Tune Up

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, after all. A properly tuned engine uses less gas. It is also worth it to avoid car problems while on your Nebraska vacation that could have been easily headed off by a trip to the mechanic beforehand.

Buy Gas Early or Late in the Day

During the warm months, the outside temperature affects the way gasoline behaves at the pump. During the cooler parts of the day, gas is more dense. As temperatures rise, gas density falls and you get less of it when you fill your tank. It is also a good idea to fill up early in the week. Generally, gas prices fluctuate Wednesday through Saturday, and although they may go down, chances are better that they will go up, should there be an increase in demand.

Reduce Wind Resistance

Remove any unneeded ski or luggage racks from your car. If they are not being used for your Nebraska road trip, the only purpose they are serving is adding wind resistance to your vehicle. Also, keep windows closed when possible, as open windows also contribute to reducing the aerodynamics of your car.

Check Your Tire Pressure

Temperature fluctuations can wreak havoc on your tire pressure. Properly inflated tires reduce road friction, thus giving you better gas mileage. Under inflation also causes tires to wear faster, putting you at the tire shop before maximizing the life of your current tires.

Fill Your Tank Near State Lines

This involves a bit of research ahead of time, but due to fluctuating tax rates gas prices can vary significantly from state to state. If you discover you are driving through a state with a low tax rate, you could save a bundle by filling in that state when you enter it, and again before you leave it.

Turn the Engine Off

If you are waiting at a rest stop or waiting for other members of your group to get ready to go, there is no need to let the engine idle. This not only uses extra gas, but releases pollutants into the air.

Change Your Filters

Dust and grime build on filters that help your engine run efficiently. When they are dirty, your vehicle works harder to push through air and liquid and therefore uses more gasoline.

Drive Steadily and Slowly

By driving at or under the speed limit and maintaining consistent speed, your car will use gas more efficiently. If you accelerate quickly and use brakes heavily you are not only causing extra strain on your brake pads, but increasing the drag that causes your car to use more gasoline.

By following these fuel saving tips you don’t have to wait for gas prices to go down before heading out on your Nebraska road trip to the Sandhills Motel. Keeping ahead of the game with a little planning will keep your tank full and your wallet happy.

Camp in comfort by keeping the bugs away

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Camp in comfort by keeping the bugs away

Camping should be a lot of fun and, although you can take measures to minimize the risk of encountering flies, wasps, mosquitoes, ants and other creepy crawlies, it would be silly to think that you can spend your time in the great outdoors without ever coming into contact with any of these creatures – it is, after all, their home that you are visiting. You are the guest, they are the resident.

However, there are things you can do to keeping the bugs away and make things as enjoyable as possible during your stay in the outdoors. The amount of precautionary measures you take will also depend on the location of your trip. The pests we will focus on today are the flying, stinging, generally annoying insects that seem to be common in the Sandhills of Nebraska.

Insect Repellent

Insect repellent is your first line of defense in the outdoors against insects. It comes in all kinds of varieties and is formulated to deter wasps, flies and mosquitoes from annoying you. Insect repellent can come in an aerosol form, stick application, wet cloths, and non-aerosol sprays. Some people swear by those which contain a chemical called DEET as the best deterrent, although others are offended by its distinctly strong scent. However, there are several on the market that don’t have DEET as an active ingredient that will help to keep the bugs away. There are even those who claim a mixture of essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, tea tree oil and lemongrass will do the trick without the chemicals.

Whichever repellent you choose, many camping trips are ruined by the unwanted attention of flies, wasps, and mosquitoes. For this reason, be sure to have plenty on hand and use it even on the outer layers of your clothing, as many hungry, biting insects will not be deterred from taking a bite through a thin layer of fabric.

Citronella Candles

Citronella candles give off a scent that mosquitoes and other flying insects can’t stand. They come in all shapes and sizes, and in all sorts of containers. You can even get citronella liquid for use in thing such as tiki torches. Not only are they good as an insect repellent, candles and torches can also set the ambiance for camping with their subtle and warming light. Be sure to use caution when you retire for the evening by extinguishing all flames.

Mosquito Coils

Mosquito coils burn much in the same was as incense. One end of the coil is lit and it will emit smoke slowly. The aroma that emits will help to keep the bugs away. One downfall of coils is that if there happens to be a breeze, your deterrent is quickly blown away from your camping area. However, if the weather is calm, these can provide several hours of defense. Once again, you should ensure they are fully extinguished before you head off to sleep.

Whatever precautions you take, it’s always important to consider the location of your campsite, especially when there may be added dangers from additional creatures such as snakes, mice, raccoons, and other animals. However, basic prevention can ensure that your trip to the outdoors is not spoiled by bugs and pests seeking their next meal, while you are enjoying your visit at the Sandhills Motel and Glidden Canoe Rental.

Camping recipie ideas for your Nebraska camping trip

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Camping recipie ideas for your Nebraska camping trip

The temperatures are warming up and it is time to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Nebraska is full of adventure and beauty. So what are you waiting for? Enjoy camping, hiking, or other fun outdoor activities in Nebraska. And while you are visiting don’t forget to drive the Sandhills Scenic byway. It is a must see while visiting Nebraska.

So, gather up your camping gear for a fun filled vacation and head towards Nebraska. Are your kids asking what you will make at camp? Don’t get stuck with the boring recipes for camping this year. If you have kids have them pick out a recipe that they can look forward to, it’s a great way to get kids excited about a camping trip.

Unique camping recipes to try:

Chicken Kebobs- This is a simple recipe that you can prepare and enjoy on your camping trip. All you need is 1lb. of boneless chicken breast, marinade, and   bamboo skewers. To make your camping trip less stressful, cut the chicken up, apply the marinade, place on the skewers, and then pop them into the freezer. When you arrive to your camping destination just place the chicken kebobs on the fire pit, yum!

Blueberry muffins in an orange- This recipe is easy and very tasty for your camping trip. Mix up blueberry muffin dough and place in empty orange shells over the fire. This would be a great snack or make a wonderful breakfast!

Banana splits- Instead of the boring old s’mores recipe, try this it may even be better than the original s’mores! For this recipe you will need bananas, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and tinfoil. Cut the banana lengthwise and then add the chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Wrap the banana well in tinfoil and place over the fire.

At the end of the day, imagine the peace and quiet of lying your head down on a soft pillow and hearing nothing outside except the sound of a night breeze. Nature lovers flock to the Sandhills Motel and Glidden canoe rental for Sandhills Nebraska attractions: bird watching, canoeing, trail hiking, and stock-tank floating. Come enjoy some of our fun attractions!

The Sandhills Motel offers 19 recently-renovated rooms for your idyllic venture in central Nebraska lodging. If you are looking to get out of the heat a bit don’t worry each of our rooms offers air conditioning along with Direct TV, guest laundry facilities, RV hookups, and telephones. Across the street from our top-notch accommodations, you’ll find a swimming pool to cool off in at the end of a hot summer day, as well as a recreational/picnic area for socializing, grilling out, and enjoying the company of friends and family.

The Sandhills Motel has been praised for providing clean, comfortable Nebraska lodging for people visiting the countryside lying just beyond the town of Mullen. Whether you’ve planned a vacation around our popular Nebraska attractions or you’re just passing through, we are happy to accommodate you to the best of our abilities, ensuring a pleasant stay. For more information visit our website at www.sandhillsmotel.com or call today to make your reservation: (308) 546-2206 or 1 (888) 278-6167.

Spring Activities | Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Spring Activities | Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental

The temperatures are warming up for a beautiful season, which many of us having been looking forward to! Are you ready for spring? Springtime in the Sandhills of Nebraska is a wonderful time of year and there are many enjoyable outdoor activities that you can participate in!

When visiting Nebraska you can enjoy driving through Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway and experience the beautiful nature. In fact, Sandhills Scenic Byway has been listed as one of the highways to drive in 1,000 Places to see before you die. This scenic byway is a must see when visiting the Nebraska area. You may even see some wildlife along your journey. So, relax and take in the beauty of Nebraska today!

Spring is a wonderful time to visit! Nebraska has many outdoor activities to enjoy and the scenery of Nebraska is breath taking. So, if you are looking for adventure and fun outdoor activities, Nebraska may be your destination!

There are adventures waiting for everyone in the family when you visit Nebraska. The most common Nebraska activity is stock tanking! You haven’t taken in all that Nebraska has to offer until you relax floating down the Middle Loup River.

At Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental you can enjoy fun outdoor activities that include:

 Stock Tanking- Stock tanking is fun activity that everyone can enjoy! The tank is between seven to nine feet and is designed for people who prefer to stay dry. The tank is safe and relaxing for an adventure down the river. You can choose  between a two hour and a five hour tank trip. Relax floating down the Middle Loup River. We have you park your vehicle at the end of the trip and we shuttle you to the start of the trip. We provide life jackets for your convenience.

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Canoe/kayaking- For those more experienced at navigating the rapids, we offer technical and exhilarating canoe and kayak trips on the Dismal River. The Middle Loup River is great for a more relaxed, easy-going ride aboard a canoe, kayak, or stock tank. With these two river ride options, all can expect to get what they want and need from this vacation in the wilderness.

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Bird Watching- This is a must see Nebraska attraction! You can participate in viewing a ‘grassland dance,’ which are rituals between the Sharptail Grouse and the Prairie Chickens. The dance itself is presented on special grounds that are known as a “lek.” An expert on Sharptail Grouse and Prairie Chicken mating will     be on-site to answer any questions.

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Come celebrate spring at Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental! We have been praised for providing clean, comfortable Nebraska lodging for people visiting the countryside lying just beyond the town of Mullen. Whether you’ve planned a vacation around our popular Nebraska attractions or you’re just passing through, we are happy to accommodate you to the best of our abilities, ensuring a pleasant stay.

We’re open 24 hours for your convenience. In addition to providing the best in Nebraska lodging, we’re happy to assist you in planning the activities and excitement destined to become great memories. For more information visit our website at www.sandhillsmotel.com or call us at (308) 546-2206 or 1 (888) 278-6167

7th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race | Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on 7th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race | Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental

If you are looking for adventure for 2014, then come join us at Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental for the 7th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race! This is sure to be an event you won’t want to miss as teams’ race down the Middle Loup River in stock tanks during this exciting winter challenge.

This year the Polar Bear Tank Race will be held February 28th-March 1st 2014. Registration for this event is on a first come first serve basis, so it is important that you register early to reserve your spot! The first 22 teams to register will compete that day! Act now and get your registration form at www.sandhillsjourney.com. Be sure to mail your completed registration form and entry fees to insure your team’s spot.

We encourage all participants to decorate and dress up! However, all tanks must be decorated while you are racing down the river. Sandhills Motel and Glidden Canoe Rental created this event as a fundraiser to create awareness for the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway. The event also allows for people to experience a fun stock tank adventure, if they haven’t before! You must be 21 to enter this event!

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Here is the schedule for The 7th Polar Bear Tank Race:

 Friday, February 28th

5:00-6:30 P.M.-Registration of Teams & Welcome Reception at Seneca Auditorium. You MUST attend the registration and the Welcome Reception in order to be a qualified race team.
6:00P.M.—Soup Cook-Off—Sample various soups from Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway communities.
Drawings for race departure times will be held immediately following the Soup Cook-off.

SATURDAY, March 1st
(Saturday Events—Mountain Time)
8:00 A.M.—Breakfast included at Mullen, at the Consolidated Telephone Building. Transportation will be provided to the launch site on the Middle Loup River from the Consolidated Telephone Building.
9:00 A.M. —First tank will be launched other tanks launched in short intervals according to the draw order. A hot lunch will be provided after the race. Transportation will be provided from the finish line back to the Consolidated Telephone Building.
5:00 PM—7th Annual Polar Bear Tank Race
Awards Banquet – held at the Seneca Auditorium

Don’t forget to make reservations for a room at our comfortable hotel as well. Come and relax in Mullen, Nebraska today! Each of our rooms offers air conditioning, Direct TV, guest laundry facilities, RV hookups, and telephones. We’re open 24 hours too for your convenience!  The Sandhills Motel has clean and comfortable lodging for people visiting the countryside lying just beyond the town of Mullen.

In addition to providing the best in Nebraska lodging, we’re happy to assist you in planning the activities and excitement destined to become great memories. After stock tanking enjoy the peace and quiet of lying your head down on a soft pillow and hearing nothing outside except the sound of a night breeze in the Sandhills and a river trickling across the Nebraska countryside. It will be an experience you won’t forget, so come join us for a stock tank adventure! We look forward to having you! For more information visit our website at www.sandhillsmotel.com or call us at (308) 546-2206 or 1 (888) 278-6167.

Bird Watching | Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Bird Watching | Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental

Bird watching or commonly known as birding is a fun activity that everyone can enjoy. At Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe rental, we offer a fun bird watching experience that you won’t want to miss out on while visiting the Nebraska area. Our guides are educated about the birds in the area and are eager to answer any questions that you may have. Identifying a bird’s species for the first time can be difficult, but you will become a pro in no time! After some time you will learn to look for specific things about each bird, such as the color and features the bird may have, all while observing the birds in their native, natural environment.

What will you need to begin your bird watching experience? Binoculars are a must! They are an important necessity to have for your bird watching adventure and they help you spot birds that you may not have seen otherwise. Binoculars will also allow you to zoom in and see the bird’s colors and features better. A comfortable harness or neck strap is a must for your binoculars, this will help keep you comfortable and prevent you from having to carry them the whole time. When looking for a strap for your binoculars; make sure that the strap is comfortable around your neck to refrain from neck pain later. Once you have your binoculars and a strap or harness, you will be ready to begin your bird watching experience.

When bird watching in Nebraska you may spot Sharptail Grouse and Prairie Chicken, which are the most popular bird species found in Nebraska. They are well known in the area because of their ‘grassland dance.’ The grassland dance is a ritual performed by Sharptail Grouse and Prairie Chickens. The dance is held on special grounds known as a ‘lek.’ The male birds gather on the lek trying to claim their territory. They dance around trying to intimidate their rivals and attract hens. The grouse are known for making deep booming noises and the Sharptail species are known for their frenetic performances. At Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental, we have been presenting the ‘grassland dance,’ since 2001 and it is a must see Nebraska attraction. Don’t miss your chance to see the Nebraska ‘grassland dance,’ while you are visiting.

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When scheduling your bird watching experience allow enough time for the viewing. Viewings are usually three to four hours long and up to 16 people are allowed to view the birds at a time. We provide transportation to the viewings for your convenience. Viewings start early, as it’s necessary to arrive at the lek before dawn so as not to interrupt the birds. We have blinds that are placed 50 feet from bird activity and are arranged according to the angle of the sun, this is to help you have the best possible viewing and photo opportunities.

Be sure to plan ahead to secure your room too! Call today to reserve your spot for a viewing of the Grassland Dance, a truly unique bird watching experience that you will not forget. Viewings fill up quick, but short notice bookings can be made based on availability. At Sandhills Motel we offer comfortable accommodations in the beautiful Nebraska Sandhills area, which is one of Nebraska’s most popular tourist destinations.  Visit our website at: www.sandhillsmotel.com or call us at (308) 546-2206 for more information.

Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway | Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway | Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental

Are you looking for a beautiful getaway? Do you enjoy scenic road trips that journey off the beaten path? If you answered yes, then a trip down the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway just might be the perfect Nebraska vacation for you! The Nebraska Sandhills are home to gorgeous scenery and an ever-changing landscape, and with plenty to see and do along the way, this is one road trip that you do not want to miss!

Nebraska’s Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway is a beautiful drive and a great way to experience the natural beauty that Nebraska offers. The Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway is a 272 mile stretch of highway that takes you through the 20,000 square mile Sandhills region of Nebraska. Named one of the ten most scenic routes in the nation, the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway has also been listed as one of the highways to drive in 1,000 Places to see before you die.

While traveling through the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway, you will have the opportunity to visit many of the friendly communities and small towns that make up this region of Nebraska. Be sure to plan a little extra time during your journey to get out of the vehicle to stretch your legs and enjoy some of the rich history offered by these towns along the way!

While driving through the byway a few stops you won’t want to miss at the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway are:

Nebraska National Forest- Almost like a timbered oasis, the Nebraska National Forest offers nearly 150,000 acres of wooded valleys and hills among the prairies of Nebraska. The Sandhills Scenic Byway will take you through the 90,000 acre Bessey Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest and offers great opportunities for camping, hiking, and picnicking during your journey!

Stuhr Museum- The Stuhr Museum in Grand Island offers a hands-on experience and glimpse in to the history of pioneer life in Nebraska. Nationally recognized as an educational and cultural institution, the Stuhr Museum provides a closer look at how life on the prairies of Nebraska evolved through the years. Don’t forget to visit the Gus Fonner Memorial Rotunda during your visit!

Dobby’s Frontier Town- This is a fun little western town that the whole family will enjoy. It is a fun antique village that is a completely hands-on experience for  you and your family. The small western town has an authentic general store, post  office, jail, and more. This friendly little town is located just outside of Alliance.

Carhenge- This is a must see attraction while you are traveling through Nebraska. Located near Alliance, Carhenge is formed from vintage American automobiles that have been painted to replicate Stonehenge in England. Carhenge is a unique, fun, and quirky attraction to visit during your trip down the Sandhills Scenic Byway.

If you have questions about planning a Nebraska Vacation or would like some more information about travelling the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway, don’t hesitate to call your friends here at the Sandhills Motel & Glidden Canoe Rental. We are conveniently located along the scenic byway and offer comfortable lodging and accommodations including Direct TV, guest laundry facilities, RV hookups, and telephones. In addition to our friendly hotel, we also offer guided bird watching tours, canoe rentals and trips, and pehaps the greatest Sandhills adventure, river tanking!

Our retreat is a great location to stop at and take in the scenery that Nebraska has to offer. You’ll find us located on the west side of Mullen, Nebraska, a small town of 500 people in the west central part of the state. Take in the remote landscape and historic towns as you travel on Highway 2, the designated Sandhills Scenic Byway, and be sure to ask about our river adventure trips, bird watching tours, and other activities available during your visit.

For more information visit us online at http://www.sandhillsmotel.com or call 1 (888) 278-6167 or (308) 546-2206.

 

Winter Activities in Nebraska | The Sandhills Motel and Glidden Canoe Rental

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Winter Activities in Nebraska | The Sandhills Motel and Glidden Canoe Rental

The temperatures may be cooling down and the leaves are changing color, but Nebraska is full of activities to keep you busy through the fall and winter months ahead. If you are thinking about a winter getaway, look no further than the Sandhills Motel and Glidden Canoe Rental.

Come relax at The Sandhills Motel and Glidden Canoe Rental in Mullen, Nebraska after your winter adventures in the Sandhills region of Nebraska. All of our rooms offer DirecTV, telephones, and guest laundry, and we also offer full RV hookups. We are here to help you relax and enjoy what Nebraska has to offer, and if you happen to be in the area during the winter months, here are a few of our favorite activities to enjoy in the snow:

Fishing- Winter in Nebraska is the best time to try ice fishing. Rainbow trout are a popular catch in the fall because the lakes are stocked in the fall. Nebraska lakes make it relaxing for ice fishing. Other fish that are popular to catch in our Nebraska lakes are largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill.

Hunting-Hunting is another fun winter activity to do in Nebraska. Whitetail deer, mule deer, and prong-horn antelope are seen more in Nebraska now. Several trophy deer are taken each year from Nebraska.

Stock Tanking- Stock tanking is fun for everyone. The tank is between seven to nine feet. The tanks are designed for people who prefer to stay dry. The tank is safe and relaxing for an adventure down the river. You can choose between a two hour and a five hour tank trip. Enjoy a relaxing trip floating down the Middle Loup River. River adventures also include a shuttle to and from the river, equipment, and life jackets.

One popular event that guests and residents of this part of Nebraska look forward to each year is the Polar Bear Tank race, a fundraiser for Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway which goes from February 28th to March 1st. Registration is based on a first come first serve basis for teams interested in racing down the Middle Loup River in a stock tank. Teams are encouraged to dress up in costumes with themes for their entries. There is a reception that follows after the race that includes a cook-off and an Awards Banquet.

Bird Watching- This is a must see Nebraska attraction. You can participate in viewing a ‘grassland dance,’ which are rituals between the Sharptail Grouse and the Prairie Chickens. The Sandhills Motel and Glidden Canoe Rental have been presenting the Grassland Dance since 2001. The dance itself is presented on special grounds that are known as a “lek.” The male birds gather on the lek to claim their territory, they intimidate their rivals, and attract the hens. The Sharptail species are known for its frenetic performances. The Prairie Chickens have rapid foot stomping and leap into the air. An expert on Sharptail Grouse and Prairie Chicken mating will be on-site to answer any questions.

Come enjoy some fun winter activities with your family. The accommodations at Sandhills Motel and Glidden Canoe Rental are sure to exceed your expectations. With 19 recently renovated rooms for your comfort, we are open 24 hours for your convenience. We are also happy to help assist you in planning activities for your stay. For more information visit our website at http://www.sandhillsmotel.com/sandhills-motel/ or call us at (308) 546-2206 or 1 (888) 278-6167. We are here to make your winter adventure memorable.

Visit our Family Friendly Campsite: Tips for Camping with Kids

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Visit our Family Friendly Campsite: Tips for Camping with Kids

Going on a camping trip with your children is a great opportunity for your family to spend some quality time together without the everyday life stress that can occur.  We have a great, family friendly campsite located west of Mullen, Nebraska. Here are some tips for camping with kids:

Get the Kids Involved

A great tip for camping with kids is to let the kids be part of some of the decision making regarding activities, food, and sights. Build their excitement and anticipation. Get the maps out and talk about where you would like to go, and let the older kids be in charge of their own packing (make sure to supervise it so essential items don’t get left behind). Once arriving to the campsite, have everyone help out with pitching the tents or getting the camper situated. Our family friendly campsite has beautifully located, designated areas for RV’s and tents.

Fun Gear

Your children will love playing with headlamps, flashlights, and glow sticks after dark. They will make walking around at night safer, and provide light for reading or playing games in the tent. Putting glow stick bracelets and necklaces on your younger ones makes it easier for you to keep track of them when darkness falls.

Easy Meals

Campfire cooking is a great activity to involve your kids in and it requires minimal work if you’re properly prepared. Hot dogs, burgers, and s’mores are easy and effortless to make. Prepare for your trip by chopping vegetables, mixing pancake batter, and make meat marinades and store in glass jars or Tupperware containers. Store the items in a cooler and they will be good for almost a week! Don’t be afraid to experiment with different foods to grill – pineapple, peaches, and plums all taste great to grill. Bring long grilling forks so older kids can take part in the grilling.

Safety First

Statistically, kids are not more likely to get injured while camping than they are at home, but it is never wrong to be precautious. Pack a first aid kit along with any medications you or your family may need. Walk around the campsite together to get familiar with the area and establish strict ground rules and safety boundaries. Point out landmarks that are easily recognizable and instruct your children what to do if they get lost. Point out dangerous plants such as poison ivy and explain to your kids that they are not allowed to feed or touch wild animals. Also make sure to inspect your children for ticks and bug bites several times a day. Insect repellant and sunscreens are a must to pack!

Boredom Busters

In today’s world, where iPads, Videogames, and cellphones seem to be part of the necessities needed to survive, kids might claim that they are bored on your camping trip. Remind them that camping is an excellent way of discovering nature and encourage them to join in games such as tag, soccer, and catch. You can also prepare by bringing a deck of cards, board games, books, balls, and squirt guns. Send your kids out on a scavenger hunt for items such as pine cones, rocks, sticks, a picture of a certain flower or an anthill etc. and award a small prize to the winner. Take the time to enjoy nature with your kids. Experience the sounds, views, and wildlife – let go of any stress and just have a fun, relaxing time!

 

Reserve your visit today and find yourself soon soaking in the beauty of the Sandhills Region of Nebraska. Rest and relax, all while experiencing the splendor and excitement that nature has to offer from the best of Nebraska vacation sites. Call us today at 1 (888) 278-6167 to book your unforgettable getaway in the Nebraska Sandhills.

Yummy Campsite Recipes for Hungry Campers

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Yummy Campsite Recipes for Hungry Campers

 

Are soggy sandwiches and baked beans what comes to mind when thinking about campsite food? Just because you’re camping, doesn’t mean you can’t have a delicious variety of food that is also surprisingly easy to take with you. These delicious campsite recipes are easy to follow and will taste yummy after a long day of fun in the sun!

Coffee Cake Pancakes

This mix requires water and an egg to complete the recipe. If you don’t want to carry eggs, we suggest you bring an egg substitute like egg beaters or powdered eggs, pre-measured. Another option is to use a backpacking mix, which would just require water to mix up.

Krusteaz Cinnamon Crumb Cake Mix (or another mix, if you like)

1 egg

2/3 c water

1.    Mix up the batter as directed on the box. It is quite a bit thicker than pancake batter, yielding different (and delicious) results. 

2.    Drop some batter on a greased (butter-flavored Pam is a good option) griddle set to medium heat, like a pancake, making sure to spread it out with a spatula. 

3.    Sprinkle a liberal amount of the crumb topping on the top of the pancake. Do not pre-mix it with the batter, this will make your pancakes burn. 

4.    Allow to cook for a couple of minutes, checking until the bottom is golden brown and the crumb topping has sunk into the pancake. 

5.    When it is mostly cooked through, flip the pancake to cook on the opposite side for a short amount of time, checking frequently. The crumb topping will make this side brown quickly. 

6.    Once the pancake is cooked, enjoy a crumbly, cake-like creation, which can be eaten plain or dressed up however you like.  

Chili Lime Corn on the Cob

Here is the slightly adapted recipe from Guy Fieri, avid cook and camper, of food network fame.

4  tablespoons  butter, at room temperature

1  teaspoon  finely shredded lime zest

1  tablespoon lime juice

1  teaspoon  chili powder

1/2  teaspoon  salt, plus more for sprinkling

 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper

1/4  teaspoon  granulated garlic

 6  ears sweet corn

1.    At home: Combine butter, zest, chili powder, salt, pepper, and garlic in a small resealable plastic bag. Mush around to combine thoroughly. Chill until ready to use, then bring to room temperature.

2.    At home or campsite: Pull back husk from each ear without detaching from bottom of cob. Remove as much silk as possible and fold husk back over ears. Soak ears in water for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour. 

3.    At home or campsite: Drain ears, open husks, dry ears with paper towels, and spread evenly with butter mixture. Fold husks back over ears and tie in place with kitchen string or strips of husk. Corn can be kept at this point, chilled, up to 24 hours. 

4.    At campsite: Prepare grill for indirect medium heat (350° to 450°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only 5 to 7 seconds). If using charcoal, bank coals evenly on opposite sides of the firegrate, leaving a cooler center section; if using gas, turn all burners to high, close lid, and heat 10 minutes. Then turn off one burner and lower others to medium. Grill corn over cooler spot, covered, until tender and charred, 20 minutes. Serve with salt for sprinkling.